When Spring Warren told her husband and two teenage boys that she wanted to
grow 75 percent of the food they consumed for one year—and that she
wanted to do it in their yard—they told her she was crazy. Despite their disbelief, she did it anyway.
The Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family
for a Year is Warren’s story of deciding—despite all resistance—to take control of
her family’s food choices, get her hands dirty, and create a flourishing garden in her not-so-spacious suburban yard. With raised beds and rudimentary gardening skills, Warren tackles the task of nursing the life of her food from tiny seedling all the way to homemade quiche.
The Quarter-Acre Farm is a story of bugs, worms, rot, and failure—and of
learning, replanting, harvesting, and eating. Warren recounts learning to compost
to create thick, nutrient-rich soil; the joy of turning small and shriveled tomatoes
into beauties; the satisfaction of harvesting and curing olives; and learning that the
best dessert is fruit fresh from her own tree.
The road to a successful meal isn’t easy, but by the end of her yearlong
experiment, Warren’s sons and husband have become her biggest fans—in fact,
they’re even eager to help harvest (and eat) the beautiful bounty she brings in.
Full of helpful tips for would-be home farmers, as well as numerous delicious
recipes, The Quarter-Acre Farm is a warm, witty tale about family, food, and the
incredible sense of gratification that accompanies self-sufficiency.
Spring Warren is a writer who enjoys making art, building furniture, and cooking. Her novel Terpentine won a bronze medal in ForeWord
Magazine's Book of the Year Competition for Historic
Fiction, was a New York Center for Independent Publishing recommended title, and was a Great New Writers selection. She continues to grow her Quarter-Acre Farm and writes about it at thequarteracrefarm.com.